Government and politics

President Donald Trump speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 in Washington, during a meeting with members of Congress to discuss school and community safety. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
February 28, 2018 - 9:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump, Congress and guns (all times local): 6:05 p.m. One of the Senate's leading gun control proponents says he is pleased that President Donald Trump expressed support for expanded background checks and other measures during a bipartisan meeting at...
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A police officer escorts Anastasia Vashukevich from a detention center in Pattaya, south of Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, after she was arrested Sunday in the Thai resort city of Pattaya while giving sex lessons to Russian tourists. Vashukevich told The Associated Press from a police van Wednesday that she fears for her life, and wants to exchange information on alleged Russian ties to U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign for her own personal safety. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
February 28, 2018 - 8:49 pm
PATTAYA, Thailand (AP) — A Belarusian woman jailed in Thailand for offering sex lessons without a work permit says she has a story to tell involving the Kremlin, Russian billionaires and even the president of the United States. Anastasia Vashukevich, whose extraordinary claims and racy selfies have...
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File - In this Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, photo released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, foreign nationals are arrested during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens in Los Angeles. A federal immigration official says about 800 people living in Northern California were able to avoid arrest because of a warning by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. Thomas Homan, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief, told "Fox and Friends" Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, that what Schaaf did was "no better than a gang lookout yelling 'police' when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood." (Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP, File)
February 28, 2018 - 8:43 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal official said Wednesday that about 800 "criminals" avoided immigration arrests because Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf alerted the public to the surprise operation, an extraordinarily high number of missed targets. Thomas Homan, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's...
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Holly Blastic, 37, holds her son Henry Schroetlin, 5, during a rally outside the State Capitol ahead of the House's plan to hold votes on several gun control proposals Wednesday Feb. 28, 2018, in Springfield, Ill. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune)
February 28, 2018 - 8:39 pm
State lawmakers across the U.S. are considering new laws in the wake of the Florida high school shooting, and legislatures from Maine to Alaska took action on Wednesday. A rundown of what's happening in statehouses: ALASKA Lawmakers had mixed reactions to legislation that would let authorities...
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In this Feb. 27, 2018 photo, White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, one of President Trump's closest aides and advisers, arrives to meet behind closed doors with the House Intelligence Committee, at the Capitol in Washington. Hicks, one of President Donald Trump's most loyal aides, is resigning. In a statement, the president praises Hicks for her work over the last three years. He says he "will miss having her by my side." The news comes a day after Hicks was interviewed for nine hours by the panel investigating Russia interference in the 2016 election and contact between Trump's campaign and Russia. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 28, 2018 - 7:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House communications director Hope Hicks, one of President Donald Trump's most trusted and longest-serving aides, abruptly announced her resignation Wednesday, leaving a void around a president who values loyalty and affirmation. The departure of Hicks, who worked as a one-...
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President Donald Trump pauses during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, with members of congress to discuss school and community safety. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
February 28, 2018 - 6:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Putting fellow Republicans in the hot seat, President Donald Trump called for speedy and substantial changes to the nation's gun laws on Wednesday, criticizing lawmakers in a White House meeting for being too fearful of the National Rifle Association to take action. In a...
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President Donald Trump speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 in Washington, during a meeting with members of Congress to discuss school and community safety. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
February 28, 2018 - 6:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump, Congress and guns (all times local): 6:05 p.m. One of the Senate's leading gun control proponents says he is pleased that President Donald Trump expressed support for expanded background checks and other measures during a bipartisan meeting at...
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Republican candidate and former Arizona state Sen. Debbie Lesko, right, celebrates with former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer after election results were announced for the Congressional District 8 seat during a campaign party at Lesko's home, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. A special primary election was being held to replace Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks who resigned amid accusations of sexual misconduct. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
February 28, 2018 - 6:02 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Republicans who slugged it out in a 12-way primary for an open Congressional seat in a race tinged by sexting and charges of campaign fund irregularities set aside their differences to focus on the general election in April. Debbie Lesko, a former state senator who won the...
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February 28, 2018 - 5:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Marine Corps suspended a top adviser accused of creating a "hostile work environment," officials said Wednesday. Gen. Robert Neller, the commandant of the Marine Corps, said in a written statement that he took action against Brig. Gen. Norman L. Cooling pending the...
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FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2017, file photo, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington. Politico is reporting that the security clearance of White House senior adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner has been downgraded. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
February 28, 2018 - 5:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House senior adviser Jared Kushner has lost his access to the nation's deepest secrets. His credibility as a negotiator may be next. Kushner's loss of his top-secret clearance, which was downgraded this week, could be particularly problematic in his role overseeing the Trump...
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